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Pan-Roasted Nut Crusted Breast of Chicken

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings


For the Chicken

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 leaves mint sliced thin
  • 16 leaves spinach stems removed
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 8 slices prosciutto ham thinly sliced
  • ½ cup flour blended with 1 cup of water for pancake consistency
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • ½ cup nuts finely chopped (peanut, macadamia, cashew)
  • ¼ cup butter unsalted
  • ½ cup olive oil

Mushroom Sherry Cream Sauce

  • ¼ cup sherry
  • ¾ cup sliced mushrooms wild mushrooms provide additional flavor
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup demi glace
  • 1 tablespoon butter unsalted
  • salt and pepper to taste


Mushroom Sherry Cream Procedure

  • Heat up a medium sized sauce pan. Add the sherry, soy sauce and mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are soft and the liquid is reduced by half.
  • Add the cream and reduce the sauce by ⅓.
  • Add the demi glace, season with salt and pepper and simmer for about 4 minutes.
  • Whisk in the tablespoon of butter, taste and adjust seasoning.

Preparing the Chicken

  • Start by flattening the chicken using a meat pounder or the bottom of a fry pan. Gently flatten the chicken to ¼ inch.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Combine the breadcrumbs with the chopped nuts.
  • Heat a saute pan over medium heat, add the butter and saute the mushrooms until soft. And the mint leaves and remove from heat.
  • Layer each chicken breast with spinach, Swiss cheese, prosciutto and sauteed mushrooms then fold the chicken in half and seal the edges by pressing with your fingers. You may need toothpicks to help secure the chicken.
  • Dip each chicken breast into the flour batter and be sure to let the excess batter drip off. Cover both sides with breadcrumbs and reserve.
  • Reheat the saute pan over low heat, add the butter and oil and wait until it gets hot but not smoking.
    Saute the chicken breasts until golden brown on each side and fully cooked.
  • To serve, place each chicken breast into the center of the plate, spoon some sauce over the chicken breasts or on the side and add your side vegetables.